KEEPING FAMILIES SAFE: Keeping medicine out of the hands of kids
KEEPING FAMILIES SAFE: Tens of thousands of calls are made to the National Poison Control Center every year because young children find medication in the home and ingest it.
FOX 45’s Deborah Linz looked into ways to protect your kids and keep your families safe when it comes to prescriptions.
Pam Bailey of Springboro has four young daughters, so keeping over counter meds, prescriptions and other poisons out of their little hands is crucial.
“The main thing I try to do is to keep it out of reach,” Pam said.
According to experts, that's key.
There are other dangers in a house parents need to be aware of, according to Dr. Usheema Thomas.
“You have herbal medication, you have even creams,” Thomas said. “There are children that ingest creams because it's something they don't think about as medication. Eye drops. Hand sanitizer - hand sanitizer has alcohol in it. Something as simple as just rubbing alcohol. Peroxide. These are things that, if ingested by a child, can be very harmful.”
Also, keep kids' medicine in its original packaging, not a pill planner.
“You run into the risk of not knowing what the medication's for,” Thomas said. “You have so many medications that look alike, if it's not in the exact bottle that it comes in, then you can overdose or under dose”.
Instead of keeping medicine out so you remember it, take advantage of technology.
“I would definitely recommend setting those alarms on your phone to remind you to take your medication,” Thomas said. “And when you do have medication to take, whether it's for a child or for an adult, you definitely want to make sure it's stored out of the reach of children.”